Thomas (Tom) G. Lippens

Resided in Rock, MI
Died July 18, 2021

Thomas “Tom” G. Lippens, age 69, of Rock passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Murrays Country View in Gladstone surrounded by his family.

Tom was born on April 11, 1952 in Escanaba, Michigan, the son of Benjamin and Theresa (Geniesse) Lippens. He was raised in Rock and graduated from Rock High School in 1970. He was united in marriage to Beverly Trudell on October 2, 1971 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins. In his younger years, Tom worked for Snowden’s, K&K Fabricating and the Tilden Mine. In 1976 he began as an apprentice electrician and worked for the next 44 years in the electrical trade until retiring at 65. He was a member of IBEW Local 979, coached Little League Baseball, 5th & 6th grade basketball at Mid Pen, played softball with the Perkins Merchants, basketball in a league in Gwinn, Smear League on Monday nights and was an avid Green Bay Packers and Detroit Tigers fan.

His greatest passion was in helping others, no matter what, and grooming his 2 acre yard and surrounding grounds. He was proud of being able to build his own home alongside his wife, family and friends in 1976. His father-in-law, Walter Trudell was also a big help.

Tom is survived by his wife, Bev of Rock; children, Yvonne (Kirk) Frailey and their children, Kaydance, Skyye, Wren and Peyton of Sterling Heights, MI, Jason (Rachell) Lippens and their children, Sophia, Josephine and Peter of Gladstone, Daymen Lippens and his children, Jada, Jacinda and Josslyn of Gladstone; brother, Jim (Bonnie) Lippens of Escanaba; sisters, Sharon (Jerry) Maki of Rock and Vicki (Tony) Demeuse of Howell, MI, nieces and nephews and his mother-in-law, Ruth Trudell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carol Radlein, a brother, Steve Lippens and father-in-law, Walter Trudell Sr.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 24 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. A closing prayer will follow at 4:00 PM. A luncheon will follow at the Gladstone American Legion. Tom will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.

The family would like to express and huge thank you to Murray’s Country View and staff for their wonderful care and to the UP Health System Home Care and Hospice for their prompt and compassionate care of our husband, dad and grandfather.

23 Tributes for “Thomas (Tom) G. Lippens

    You were a great man, a great Father-in-law and a fantastic “Papa” to our children and we will miss you dearly! RIP Tom! “Hug them babies”

    he was a good man and will be missed. he has a wonderful family that he loved very much, as he spoke of them often. time to rest old friend.

    Of all my cousins, Tom was a favorite. I will hold the happy memories in my heart of celebrating birthdays together, and many happy times.

    Pray for all the peace and love in the world to this wonderful family. I got the pleasure of meeting Tom and his beautiful family during the difficult times, but surely precious. Seeing the family come together, and be so supportive for one another. It was truly amazing and the strength they all displayed was amazing. The sacrifice that took place, the dedication, it was remarkable and heart warming. They all will be a group, I will never forget. God bless them all, and know they did all are remarkable. Rest in Peace Mr. Tom, God bless you, and your whole family. I will surely miss you all.

    Tom and Bev, you exuded so much fun every time I saw you. You’ll be greatly missed. Bev, my heart hurts with yours.

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss, Tom was a special man who was so proud of his family.
    Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time.

    Sorry, for your Loss Bev, Jason, Damon, Yvonne and the rest of the children. Your Dad/Husband was a great man. One thing I remember is he would take time out of his life and teach a lot of us the basics of basketball for 5/6th grade. I’ll pray for you

    May God’s peace and love surround Tom’s friends and family in the days ahead. Tom is one of the people you never forget. His laugh, his smile and the twinkle in his eye (especially when he talked of his grandkids)…..May the awesome memories of a GREAT man be of tremendous comfort to everyone. And may God bless.

    So very sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy that always had a friendly smile and a kind word every time I’d run into him.Rest in Peace my friend!

    So sorry for your loss Bev & kids, he was always smiling and a awesome man. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Scott will be there waiting for him with a beer! Sending all hugs.

    Bev and family so sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was a good guy. He always had that friendly smile that made you want to laugh. I didn’t hang with Tom very much in high school, but we always had fun when we did search out some mischief.

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